Magnetocapacitance without magnetism

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A substantial magnetodielectric effect is often an indication of coupled magnetic and elastic order, such as is found in the multi-ferroics. However, it has recently been shown that magnetism is not necessary to produce either a magnetoresistance or a magnetocapacitance when the material is inhomogeneous. Here, we will investigate the characteristic magnetic-field-dependent dielectric response of such an inhomogeneous system using exact calculations and numerical simulations of conductor–dielectric composites. In particular, we will show that even simple conductor–dielectric layers exhibit a magneto-capacitance, and thus random bulk inhomogeneities are not a requirement for this effect. Indeed, this work essentially provides a natural generalization of the Maxwell–Wagner effect to finite magnetic field. We will also discuss how this phenomenon has already been observed experimentally in some materials.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20120452
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2009
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • magnetodielectric effect
  • composite media
  • mangetotransport
  • Maxwell-Wagner effect

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